Love Lost and Found in the Church Courts

by Peter Wilkinson

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AP 4. That he heard say that Richard and Margaret did go to Hurst and so to Lewes where he found them.

AP 7. Does not know, saving that Margaret did take and receive a gown and other things of Richard, but upon what condition he cannot depose.

AP 8. That he received a letter from Richard Tayler of their being at Lewes and their intent, but he writ him a letter back again that he would not yield his consent, viz that Richard and Margaret should marry together by any means, and many other things as by the letter more plainly may appear.

AP 9. That upon the receipt of the letter he ridd to Lewes and there found them; and that he was told by two or three there at Lewes that they did think there was good will betwixt Richard and Margaret and he might do well to yield his consent. Unto whom he answered that he would not, but if she would forsake Richard and go with him she might; if not let her stay with Richard if she would. Whereupon she said 'No I will go with you father'.

AP 10. That Richard and Margaret and divers others did ride home with him, and he did never yield unto any such things as is contained in the articles.

To the Interrogatories [In 1-10]

In 2. That he is father to Margaret, and that he hath heard say that he is something of kin unto Richard Tayler, but how near or whether he be so of kin or no, he cannot depose.

In 3. That he favoureth Margaret his daughter because she is his child and he hopeth that Richard Tayler will never prove any such thing against his daughter as he hath alleged against her, because he verily believeth that there was no such matter betwixt them.

In 6. That there was such a hue and cry or warrant directed from Mr Earnley, a Justice of the Peace, to attach Richard Tayler for felony or suspicion of felony at the time when he did carry away Margaret to Lewes.

In 8. That Margaret told him that she was entreated by William Hoskin and Richard, they first hearing of the hue and cry or warrant, that she would make the best of every thing for fear of the danger of the law which otherwise might happen against them.

In 9. That there be divers credible witnesses that can testify that Richard did divers times or once at least say that, seeing that he could not get the consent of George, that he had discharged Margaret of her promises and that he did rest himself satisfied, and had received back again all such things which he had formerly given saving one smock which she did make herself which he would freely give unto her, and that he would trouble her no more.

In 10. That Margaret told him that she was subtly drawn away by Richard and William Hoskin to go with him, not knowing whither she should go but, as they told her, to Court Barn in Birdham where was dancing that night.

To the second Interrogatories [In (2) 1-8]

In (2) 1. That Margaret was carried away without the good liking or knowledge of George.

In (2) 2. That Margaret told him that she asked, Richard having provided her a horse to carry her away, whither he would carry her; he answered but to a place called Court Barn in Birdham where was dancing and where she should meet with Katherine Rassen and Anne Marche and others, and that he would bring her home again before her father was up.

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